Purple Primer

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by RioHyde, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. RioHyde

    RioHyde Plumber

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    Just wondering....is purple primer required in your part of the world? We were required for a very short time to use it here, but thankfully that changed. Yes, we still have to use cleaner or primer, but dont have to use the purple junk anymore. I understand why it would be required as evidence that a primer was used. I'm just curious.
  2. etg

    etg New Member

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    As long as it meets the code requirment (ASME ....blah blah) no, it does not need to be purple. Purple indicated that a) primer was used and b) it met the ASME requirement.

    If an inspector comes around, he/she will look at the containers at times.
  3. RioHyde

    RioHyde Plumber

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    Oh I know that. I'm just wondering about codes in other states. Here we had to when I was an apprentice....now we dont. Thanks
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Out here, I have not seen any primer that is NOT purple. We are talking water service, because DWV is all ABS. No primer is needed for ABS.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I don't think there is any separate PVC primer that is not purple. As previously cited, the purpose of the purple was to prove to inspectors that primer had been used. Even doing irrigation lines that are not inspected, I like the purple because I have a visual reminder that the joint/fitting was primed. I don't know how really necessary it is, but it's too cheap and easy not to do it.
  6. RioHyde

    RioHyde Plumber

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    I think perhaps ya'll are misunderstanding me. I'm not asking if there are other primers that arent purple. I know there are. In fact, I use them all the time. All I'm asking is what code requirements for your area are. Here we used to be required to use the purple primer but now we can use the colorless. Anyway, thanks for the responses.
  7. primer purple

    They let it go here in the mid west a long time ago.

    The purple stuff really looks sloppy, the clear stuff is more forgiveing.

    Purple primer is great when it drips all over someones basement, ect...

    Just one drop on someones vinyl floor and you bought them a new floor...

    yes, I know you arent supposed to spill it, but it seems to get everywhere no matter how careful you are.
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